In 1990 Claudia Rippee and I opened the doors at CafĂ© Pavone in Manchesterâ€™s Mill Yard and for the next 10 years that restaurant was our lifeâ€™s focus. CafĂ© Pavone was home to wonderful food and interesting and unique people. Our guests created an atmosphere of congeniality and community and gave us and our staff unlimited support when we introduced new products and cooking styles.
The sale of the restaurant in 2000 allowed Claudia and I the opportunity to explore both geographically and personally. We were able, with the aid of a talented staff, to make the Milltowne Grille at Manchesterâ€™s Airport into one of the finest airport restaurants in the region.
During the subsequent 9 years Claudia developed into an accomplished photographic artist and teacher at New Hampshire Institute of Art. I founded a hospitality consulting company, E & C Hospitality Consulting Services, and we had the opportunity to travel.
Our travels have exposed Claud and I to a variety of culinary styles and hospitality trends that entertained and educated us. Â At home we witnessed the dynamic growth and cultural expansion of Manchester, fueling the decision to bring to this New Hampshire market, a new and exciting approach to hospitality.
REPUBLIC will be original in its menu focus, pricing and flexibility. Like its models in Europe, New York, San Francisco and other major cities, it will allow our guests to use us for a variety of services and any time. Whether itâ€™s coffee in the morning or late evening, a small bite or a full meal, crepes or desserts or a glass of wine. Whenever, whatever, the choice is yours.
The REPUBLIC space will be comfortable and welcoming and its menu will convey our culinary philosophy which focuses on quality ingredients, is seasonally appropriate, and is respectful of its sources. We look forward to meeting and interacting with friends old and new, and watch a new community engage. Weâ€™ll take care the food and beverage. See you soon.